HAMILTON, Ill. – Henry Woodrow Monroe, 89, of Hamilton, Ill., passed away at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City.
He was born March 22, 1925, in Canton, Ill., the son of Olen and Gurthie Cadwalder Monroe.
He married Valeata Rampley Sept. 6, 1947, at the Christian Church in Keokuk. She survives in Hamilton.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Ron (Sheila) Monroe and Gary Monroe, both of Keokuk, Debra (Jim) Amann of Hamilton, Dona (Jeff) Stansbery of Canton, Mo., Doug (Allison) Monroe of Buyford, Ga., Kendall Monroe of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Kalon Monroe of Hamilton; 13 grandchildren, Angie Miller, Mike Kayvan, Tara Amann, Matt Amann, Cancy Lee, Darren (Tara) Monroe, Dustin (Michelle) Monroe, Mandy (John) Humphry, Corrine (Brandon) Childress, David Monroe, Heather (Jason) Barnes, Kara Wellington and Keith Monroe; 27 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Harold (Diane) Monroe of Arkansas, Marie Clem of Bowen, Ill., and Jean (John) Trudo of St. Charles, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Diana Monroe, in 1974.
Henry attended Roosevelt High School in St. Louis and graduated from Salem High School, Salem, Ill., where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He played ball with his friend, Jim Finks, a college and professional football player, who became an executive and commissioner of the NFL.
He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, serving from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. Once discharged, Henry went to work on the Rock Island Dredge for Dick Parker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He then worked at Electric Metals, Keokuk, in order to be home with his family. He and his wife built Monarosa Trailer Park, Hamilton, in 1967, and have remained owners and operators of the park. He also owned and operated Monroe and Sons Concrete in Hamilton for many years.
He was of the Protestant faith.
Henry enjoyed any type of work. He single-handedly built his first home in Hamilton, digging the basement with a spade. He also enjoyed working in the yard. Henry was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and had visited every Cardinals stadium. He especially loved to attend his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and enjoyed watching his son race stock cars.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home in Hamilton, with Brother Bill Hauser officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton.
Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Saturday, with the family meeting friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials have been established in memory of Henry Monroe.
Condolences can be left online for the family at www.lamportefuneralhomes.com.
Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home in Hamilton is in charge of arrangements.